Report: Rumored HTC Nexus tablet may feature 8.9-inch display

March 20, 2014
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Back in February, a report surfaced out of Taiwan that claimed HTC had won a bid to build a new high-end Nexus tablet. Since then, we’ve heard very little else about this rumor, until today.

According to the research firm IHS Technology, Google and HTC are teaming up to create an 8.9-inch “high-performance” Nexus device. IHS’ Rhoda Alexander indicates volume production “is expected to start in July or August. The expectation is [that] this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications.” Alexander says she is unsure of the pricing that Google is targeting, but wouldn’t be surprised if it arrives with a tag higher than $299.

Google and HTC are reportedly teaming up to create an 8.9-inch high-performance Nexus device

In other words, the HTC Nexus 8.9 would be a high-end alternative that co-exists with the Nexus 7, and perhaps even the Nexus 10. While the latter two tablets are geared more towards everyday consumers, the Nexus 8.9 would be a premium device that climbs further upmarket — sort of like what Samsung is trying to accomplish with the Galaxy Pro series.

So would such a move actually make sense? Maybe. While some folks are perfectly happy with the plastic (yet still high quality) builds of devices like the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, an aluminum body tablet with boomsound speakers certainly sounds like a nice alternative for those looking for something a bit more ‘premium’ looking.

On the other hand, IHS doesn’t specify where it is getting this information from, and might simply be building on existing rumors we’ve heard from publications like Focus Taiwan. Bottom-line, we’d take the whole rumor with a grain of salt for now.

What do you think, would you like the idea of a higher-end HTC tablet with an 8.9-inch display? Would you willing to pay premium pricing for such an offering?

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